Not everyone likes wedding cake, all that fruit and heavy icing, but there are always alternatives to this.
One of my recent Bride and Grooms decided to have a cheese cake, not a cheesecake, but a cake made up of cheeses! Fanstastic idea!
We’ve got Queen Victoria to thank for white weddings! She had some gorgeous white lace that she did not want to dye, so she chose an all white outfit, and many people copied her style and it has become the main choice ever since.
Before that women used all the colours of the rainbow for their dresses, so if you are feeling the need to express yourself in full technicolour - go for it!
If there’s one thing that can ruin a lovely photo, it is finger fringe!
That’s the inventive name one of my brides came up with for that finger sized lump of hair that falls off the fringe and comes down over your face (thanks Laura). If it covers the eye in a photo, it can be very difficult to fix in Photoshop - and sometimes impossible, meaning the shot could be lost. It’s not so important for family group shots, as I will spot it and get it sorted, but if you are walking back down the aisle with your new husband, then it’s a bit more difficult to rewind that part of the ceremony!
Best way to avoid this is to work closely with your hair stylist and ask them their solutions to fix this. And have a best girl with some hairspray in her purse!
Here’s a bridal shoot I did recently at Dalhousie Castle, just south of Edinburgh.
The gorgeous and talented model is Emily Jones from Superior Model Management.
Hair and make-up was expertly done by Edinburgh Beautography.
Bridal Headwear was provided by Arabella Bridal.
I’ll also be posting an anatomy of this bridal shoot over on my fashion blog here: PSD Photography Fashion
For more of my wedding work and for package prices, you can find out more here: www.psdphotography.co.uk
TIPS FOR BRIDES - 12: How Many Photos?
There are three main approaches:
1 - Offer a crazy number of images to you - 400, 600, I’ve even seen 800 offered. Why is this crazy? If you looked at each of those 800 images for 10 seconds, then it would take 2hrs and 13 minutes to view them once! The photographers who offer this approach show a distinct lack of appreciation for the work involved, not to mention the time it takes to edit photos to a high standard and a complete inability to narrow the photos down to the very best, meaning that their quality control is probably not what it should be. I guarantee that many of the photos would be completely repetitious. You will not enjoy browsing through 800 photos to find your favourites.
2 - An approach that a lot of photographers use is to offer you a small amount of photos, such as 60. After the wedding, they will show you around 300 photos and ask you to choose your 60. Almost everyone ends up buying more (i.e. spending more money), of course. This makes business sense, but may mean that you miss out on some good shots, or have to break the bank to pay for more - would you feel a bit cheated?
3 - I choose the sensible middle ground - offering you every great photo taken on the day, very carefully edited down by me from all those taken. For a full day’s wedding this comes to 160-200 images, in my experience. You can not only build a great album from this amount, but it also is far easier to navigate through and to view. Most importantly, my packages already include this, you do not get charged any extra. You also get a DVD of high res images with all my packages.
TIPS FOR BRIDES - 11: Wet Weather
Don’t add to it with tears, after all we live pretty far north on this globe and our wee island is surrounded by lots of water, it should be no surprise that we get a lot of rain, although this recent spell has been the worst I can remember.
If it rains, make sure someone has a brolly for you at the ready - often the chauffeurs do, but it would be wise to check. If you are intent on getting some outside shots, regardless of the weather, then pack a pair of Weddington Boots - that’s glam wellies - and make the most of it!
Don’t worry too much about your dress getting dirty, as it gets dirty anyway on the church and hotel floors, plus it’s a once in a lifetime day, so get maximum value from that dress!
Finally, don’t worry about me - I will have made detailed plans for good weather and bad, with all the locations agreed in advance for inside and outside options. If you want to head out into the rain, I’m up for it too! I always try to work some flexibility into my schedules, so if the weather clears later, then we can head out and nab some great shots before the next shower.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Head on over to my brand-spanking-new wedding website right here:
You will see loads of great, large wedding photos, a bit more about me and some great wedding inspiration.
The shot above is from Catherine and Colin’s wedding, and this is the gorgeous Catherine getting well and truly confetti’d on the roof of the National Museum of Scotland.
It’s off to the Dalmahoy again this weekend for Rachel and Stuart’s wedding reception. I love the venue and with the sun shining (it’s looking good guys!) it has so many options for photos that I will be spoiled for choice.
TIPS FOR BRIDES - 8: BRIDAL PREPARATION PHOTOS
I love photographing this time in the wedding day! It’s a special family and friends time with equal amounts of relaxation, emotion and nerves. ‘Who would want a photographer there for that?’ you may ask.
When you consider the amount of time and effort you have put in deciding on all the details and how special some of those items are then it makes more sense. Which details and items? Well, there’s the dress, shoes, jewellery, flowers, button holes, hats, bridesmaid’s outfits, hair, make up, heirlooms (see Tip 7), dad’s outfit, flower girls outfits, gifts and more! All in one place at one time, perfect for your photographer to work away and capture them for posterity.
Then there’s the special moments, like when you first unveil your wedding dress to your dad, the bridesmaids, button holes get put on, flowers arrive, first shots with your family.
In short (I could go on, can you tell?) it’s a very special time and those shots look lovely in your album and you will cherish them, I promise!
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